Monday Morning Golf Report
Monday Morning Golf Report

May 24, 2010

Ron Whittaker played his best three rounds of the year this past week at the Nationwide Tour's Rex Hospital Open at the TPC Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh, NC, to finish a season-best tied for sixth.

Whittaker carded rounds of 67-67-68 to finish the rain-shortened event at 11-under par. He made a total of 14 birdies and just three bogeys in the 54-holes. Fellow Deacon Kyle Reifers was also in the field this past week but rounds of 72-74 left him on the wrong side of the cut line.

The Nationwide Tour will have this week off and will host the Melwood Prince George's County Open at the University of Maryland Golf Course on June 3-6.

Webb Simpson fell three shots off the cut at the PGA Tour's Byron Nelson Classic this past week at the TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas in Irving, Texas, after rounds of 71-72. Simpson will be joined by Bill Haas this week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Champions Tour is gearing up this week for the Senior Players Championship at the Colorado Golf Club in Denver, Colo. Jay Haas, Gary Hallberg and Leonard Thompson will represent the Demon Deacon contingent.

At the LPGA Sybase Match Play Championship, Laura Diaz fell behind early in her first round match with Inbee Park and eventually fell 4 and 3. The tour heads south of the border this week for the HSBC LPGA Brasil Cup 2010 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The next tournament in the states will be the LPGA State Farm Classic on June 10-13, in Springfield, Ill.

The futures Tour will have another week off before hosting the Ladies Titan Tire Challenge on June 4-6, in Marion, Iowa.

Last week was also the second week of US Open Local Qualifying for the men. Chris McCartin and Len Mattiace both made it through while Chad Wilcox earned an alternate position on Tuesday. Mattiace carded a 2-under 70 at the Shark's Tooth Golf Club in Lake Powell, Fla., to earn the third of four spots. McCartin and Wilcox both shot 73 at The Members Club at Four Streams in Beallsville, Md., to finish in a four-way tie for the last two spots. McCartin and Chip Sullivan survived the playoff and earned the final two spots while Wilcox took the second alternate.

On Wednesday, Dustin Groves became the third Demon Deacon to advance from the local qualifiers as he also survived a playoff for the final spot. Groves shot a round of 5-under 67 the River Landing Golf Club in Wallace, NC, and finished tied with McCuen Elmore and Bobby Clampett. The three then went to a playoff for the final two qualifying spots, which Groves and Clampett would snag to move on to sectional qualifying. Tim Straub was also in the field at River Landing but a 73 left him of couple of shots off the pace.

Bobby Collins played in the local qualifier at BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., on Wednesday and his 71 was just one-shot from a playoff for the final spot.

On Monday at Idle Hour Country Club in Lexington, Ky., Sean Moore carded a 73 and missed a playoff for the final spot by one shot. Tony Mollica also missed out on a playoff by one shot at the Riviera Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, after he too shot a 73. Doug Manchester was the third Demon Deacon in action last Monday at the Pinewild Country Club in Pinehurst, NC. Like Moore and Mollica, Manchester carded a round of 73 but he missed a playoff by four shots.

The women now take center stage at the US Open qualifiers the next two weeks. This week, Laura Diaz is playing at the Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., on Monday while current Deacon Michelle Shin is playing at The Oaks Club in Osprey, Fla., on Monday.

On Tuesday, Nannette Hill and Stephanie Kim will try their hands at the Hawks Point Golf Club in Washington, NJ, while Laura Crawford, Dolores White and Allie Bodemann will all be playing at the White Columns Country Club in Alpharetta, Ga., on Wednesday.

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